May 20, 2018
On this historic morning, I begin my first blog entry for my new clinic. Most of my career has been dedicated to treating often life threatening emergencies. When I was younger, treating a multiple trauma patient, a patient with an acute stroke or myocardial infarction (heart attack) got my adrenaline going. I was doing something good with my life. I was “helping people” in a way few others could. Certainly, that brought me great satisfaction and fulfillment. So did those years in academic medicine helping to establish new residency training programs within university medical centers.
Yet, why were we noticeably declining in health as Americans over just a couple of decades? What was going on? It seemed many patients I treated in the emergency department knew more than I did about nutrition and health. I decided to do something about it. In 2013, I obtained additional training and certification in the new sub-specialty of Integrative Medicine. Integrative Medicine is now where Emergency Medicine was 30 years ago. I guess I’m just attracted to new frontiers.
I don’t have all the answers, yet I understand much more than I did before I started this new journey. I’m beginning my Integrative Medicine clinic in Spring City, Utah to help my future patients sort out what is only hype from that which has a scientific basis and could reasonably be followed to optimize health.
My intention is to provide useful information on this website that– if applied– would assist you to better health. If I am at all successful in this regard, you may not need a formal consultation with me. What is important is that you begin today to take charge of your own health. Pick something you feel you can change. Don’t try to do everything all at once or you’ll drive yourself crazy and be more likely to give up. I’ve found that if I’m doing something each day a little more in line with optimal health–that is enough. Maybe that strategy will work for you. Gradually, you may find your little successes will begin to add up helping you move toward a happier, more productive and enlightened life.